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Mount Hermon.

MOUNT HERMON (See also wiki article Mount_Hermon.)

HERMON - The highest mountain in Syria (9150 feet high), a spur of the Anti-Lebanon. Its name means 'apart' or 'sanctuary,' and refers to its ancient sanctity (cf Ps.89.12; and the name 'Mount Baal-hermon,' Jg.3.3). Meagre traces of ruins remain on its summit, probably connected, at least partly, with a former high place. According to Dt.3.9, it was called Sirion by the Sidonians and Senir (q.v.) by the Amorites. It may have been the scene of the Transfiguration, Mk.9.2. The summit has three peaks, that on the SE. being the highest. Snow lies on the top throughout the year, except in the autumn of some years; but usually there is a certain amount in the ravines. The top is bare above the snow-line; below it is richly wooded and covered with vineyards. The Syrian bear can sometimes be seen here; seldom, if ever, anywhere else. The modern name is Jebel esh-Sheikh, 'the mountain of the Chief.' [Article: Dictionary of the Bible, J.Hastings, 2nd Ed., T&T.Clark, 1963 - R.A.S.M.]